Standing for HIV, Equality and Rights, the HERO Awards is a gala fundraising event that acknowledges outstanding service to the HIV response in Asia and the Pacific, and to the region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities.
Taking place on Sunday 12 November at the Pullman Bangkok King Power Hotel, the Awards is a special event that has been organised to coincide with the tenth-anniversary commemorations of APCOM. The event will also raise much needed funds for our vital work in relation to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support and human rights.
The Awards are also being supported by several other regional HIV and LGBT community networks including the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN), the Asia Pacific Network of People Living With HIV/AIDS (APN+), and the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Association in Asia (ILGA Asia). UNAIDS and TQPR are also supporting the event.
Promising a fabulous evening of inspiration and celebration, the HERO Awards will provide a prestigious opportunity for community members and supporters to pay tribute to the extraordinary contributions of individuals and organisations who have improved the lives of LGBT people and people affected by HIV throughout the Asia Pacific region.
Taking place in the Eternity Ballroom of Bangkok’s Pullman King Power Hotel, the gala fundraising event will include a cocktail party with an enticing range of food and beverages included as part of the ticket. There’ll also be great live entertainment as well as an online fundraising auction with an exciting range of products, services and unique experiences. As well as attracting key community representatives from across the region, the Awards will also be attended by high profile members of Asia’s political, diplomatic, corporate, and entertainment sectors. Tickets are limited. Get your tickets now.
A diverse and inspirational mix of 21 people and organisations from across Asia and the Pacific have been selected as finalists for the HERO Awards. The 21 finalists have been selected from over 350 nominations across seven categories submitted by community members throughout the region, with judging panels selecting three finalists and one winner for each category. The remarkable service, contributions and achievements of the finalists showcases the true meaning of being a hero. You can help honour them by attending the awards ceremony on November 12. Find out more about the finalists here.
The HERO Awards Winners has been announced during the HERO Gala, find out about the winners here
Ashok Row Kavi, one of Asia’s leading advocates for the health and rights of LGBT people and people affected by HIV, will be presented with a special accolade at the HERO Awards. Mr Row Kavi is the recipient of the inaugural Shivananda Khan Award for Extraordinary Achievement following a lifetime devoted to improving the lives of LGBT people and people affected by HIV across India specifically and throughout Asia more broadly. The award is named after the late Shivananda Khan, the founder of APCOM and a pioneering hero of the Asia Pacific response to HIV and LGBT health and rights.
- Find out more about the Shivananda Khan Award
- Find out more about Ashok Row Kavi
- Find out more about Shivananda Khan
- Watch a video about Shivananda Khan
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. What they have in common is making a difference in the lives of other people. Sometimes it’s many people and sometimes it’s just a few, but any good deed is worth celebrating. Shine a light on your heroes by nominating them in one or several categories. They can be people or organisations who directly help others, whose work is improving the wellbeing of others, or whose achievements are inspiring others. Nominations are FREE and close at 5PM (Bangkok time) on Sunday 17 September 2017. NOMINATION HAVE NOW CLOSED.
All awards recognize work undertaken in specific countries in Asia and the Pacific or across the region more broadly:
- Social Justice – an individual working in the fields of politics, the law, advocacy or human rights whose work has advanced the human and/or civil rights of LGBT people and/or people affected by HIV.
- Health & Wellbeing – an individual working in the fields of healthcare, medicine or research whose work has improved the health and well-being of LGBT people and/or people affected by HIV.
- Community Ally – a non-LGBT individual or a commercial/for profit organization whose work or support has been of significant benefit to LGBT people and/or people affected by HIV.
- Community Organisation – a community/not for profit organisation which has worked to improve the health and/or rights of LGBT people and/or people affected by HIV.
- Transgender Hero – a transgender person who has improved the lives of transgender people in any capacity.
- HIV Hero – a person with HIV who has improved the lives of people with HIV in any capacity.
- Community Hero – an LGBT person who has improved the lives of LGBT people in any capacity.
- Nominations are FREE.
- Nominees must be citizens of a country in the Asia Pacific region OR have resident status and be living in a country in the Asia Pacific region OR be an organisation or association that is registered in a country in the Asia Pacific region.
- Nominators do not have to be originating from or living in Asia Pacific region.
- You can nominate yourself or the organisation you work for, or a person or organisation you admire.
- People and organisations can be nominated in multiple categories.
- Nominations for all awards must be received by 5PM Bangkok time on Sunday 17 September 2017.
- The HERO Awards judging panels will comprise representatives of APN+, APTN, ILGA Asia and APCOM’s Regional Advisory Group.
- Representatives from APTN, APN+ and ILGA Asia will help judge, respectively, the Transgender Hero, HIV Hero and Community Hero categories.
- The HERO Awards judging panels will select three (3) finalists and one (1) winner for each category.
- All finalists will be announced on Monday 2 October 2017 on the APCOM website.
- All finalists will be invited to attend the Awards ceremony on Sunday 12 November. However only the winner of each category will be supported financially to attend the ceremony.
- The winner of each category will receive a stylish trophy and an exquisite floral bouquet.
- If you have any questions regarding the Awards, kindly write to HERO@apcom.org
Submit your nomination to the form below. If you’re using a mobile phone and having a problem filling in the form below, submit your nominations here.
Would you like to help raise money for a good cause? Or generate some goodwill for your brand among the Asia-Pacific LGBT community? How about promoting your product or business to some of Bangkok’s leading style gurus and trendsetters? By donating a product, service or unique experience for the HERO Awards online fundraising auction, you’ll get all that plus a range of other valuable marketing/profiling benefits.
Popular items include holidays, accommodation, art, jewelry, technology, furniture, homewares, dining, and hospitality/entertainment packages. Unique experiences are also very popular items such as celebrity dinners, in home catering by leading chefs or VIP tickets to cultural events.
For more information, please contact us at HERO@apcom.org with subject line “Donate to Auctions.”
We want to express our appreciation for the support of artists and donors who contributed items and artworks for the auction
- Valerie McCubbin
- Giles Ryder
- Inad Rendon
- Hidayah Syahputra
- Peter Douglas
- Mitree Siriboo
- Shane Suvikapakornkul
- Neung’s Artwork donated by Geoff
1) Nominations for the HERO Awards are FREE.
2) Persons and organisations can be nominated in multiple categories. Eligibility is dependent on the award category and may be open to businesses, groups, organisations and/or individuals.
3) Nominees must be citizens of a country in the Asia Pacific region OR have resident status and be living in a country in the Asia Pacific region OR be an organisation or association that is registered in a country in the Asia Pacific region.
4) Nominees must not be:
- an employee of APCOM
- an employee of a direct supplier of commercial products or services to APCOM
- a member of the HERO Awards judging panel
- a current employee of a member of the HERO Awards judging panel
- a current employee of a presenting partner/sponsor of the HERO Awards
5) All submitted nominations and supporting material remain the property of APCOM and will not be returned.
6) The HERO Awards judging panel will select three (3) finalists and one (1) winner from each category.
8) The judge panel’s decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.
9) The organisers would be most grateful if finalists could make themselves available to participate in any marketing and/or publicity associated with the HERO Awards.
10) All finalists will receive two (2) complimentary tickets to the awards ceremony and cocktail party.
11) The winner of each category will be supported to attend the event. Support will comprise an economy return airfare from their country of origin, two (2) nights of accommodation at a selected hotel in Bangkok and two (2) days of a modest per diem.
12) Nominations for all awards must be received by 5pm on Sunday 17 September 2017.